Writing a book is a solitary experience, and it often takes me away from my family. I love everything about writing except that part, so I’m often trying to bridge the gap, forcing myself to mentally step away from my fictional world when I’m with the real life people I adore, and on the flip side, thinking up fun ways to pull them into my writer’s mind.
With Time Between Us and Time After Time, we bonded over time travel (because what kid doesn’t love talking about time travel), but also over world travel. In honor of my character Anna, I hung a huge map on my office wall, and together we’d find obscure destinations and talk about all the places we wanted to visit someday.
As I’ve written Every Last Word, this has become our thing: The Word Wall.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with words. I love the way certain words sound. The way some of them feel when they roll off your tongue. I love looking up definitions, learning new words, digging into the etymology (ooh… good word). They don’t have to be fancy. It’s not about showing off with something long or tricky to pronounce. I just love words. And I know I’m not alone here – I’ve had many amazing conversations with authors and readers about words that speak to us.
In Every Last Word, I gave my character Samantha this same obsession/fascination with words. And thanks to The Word Wall—which I’m happy to say is starting to take over a wall in our kitchen—I’m watching my kids fall in love with words, too.
The Word Wall has sparked some fun discussions and even a few heated family debates. My daughter swears that squeegee is the best word ever. My son loves serendipity. My husband is especially fond of spackle. (Apparently, the Stones like “s” words). One of my current favorites is twist, but I’ve always loved onomatopoeia (it’s got a nice ring to it).
How about you, fellow word-nerds? Do you spot a favorite on our wall? What word should we add? This Post-it party is just starting to get fun, and when we run out of room, we’re taking it to the ceiling. So bring on the words, friends!